Is There Going To Be A ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot?

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Is the world ready for Gossip Girl 2.0? At the Winter 2019 Television Critics Association press tour, the CW president Mark Pedowitz said there had been “a discussion happening” around a Gossip Girl reboot. Though creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage don’t seem to be on board, the internet is nevertheless ready to weigh in.  

Wait, what is Gossip Girl?

It’s hard to imagine anyone not having at least heard of the popular teen drama, but for those who haven’t, Gossip Girl, based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, aired from 2007 to 2012 on the CW. The show followed several Upper East Side teenagers who all go to the same private school and suffer from a lot of rich people problems. Gossip Girl made waves for being a bit scandalous in content in its early years, but it was essentially a primetime soap opera for young people.

How Gossip Girl ended

Spoilers here, obviously. After seven seasons, the show ended with, of course, the reveal of the anonymous blogger Gossip Girl. As it turns out, it wasn’t a girl at all, but Dan Humphrey, the scholarship student who managed to work his way into the central group of wealthy teens while somehow simultaneously documenting their lives (and his own, at times). It was a controversial reveal, to say the least.

What would happen in a reboot?

This is a great question. If we had to guess, a reboot of Gossip Girl would likely involve a whole new set of teenagers, potentially in another affluent borough (or a different city altogether). The issue with this is that adolescents (and everyone else) today have access to all kinds of technology. Anonymous social media accounts exist across the board, so what would make this one special? It’s hard to say, but at least one Twitter user had a pretty clever idea.

Who would return for a Gossip Girl reboot?

The million dollar question is whether or not this would be a reboot with all new characters or become a Gossip Girl reunion of sorts. Would we want to see how Dan, Serena, Nate, Chuck, and Blair are doing less than a decade after saying goodbye? Probably not. Although the idea of Dan as an English teacher at the school in the reboot might make sense as a tie-in for the new generation. That is, if actor Penn Badgley isn’t too busy playing the psycho killer version of Dan on You.

There have been a lot of other reboots at the CW recently

Pedowitz may have been asked about a Gossip Girl reboot because of all of the steady stream of reboots the network has been putting out. After 90210 in 2008 and Melrose Place in 2009, there was a refocus on new content (like the DC TV universe and a slew of dynamic, feminist properties), but this past season brought a Charmed reboot and Roswell, New Mexico. However, all of those were based on shows that took place in the ‘90s (and early ‘00s). Maybe they should wait 5 or 10 years before digging back into early aughts fare like The O.C. and Gossip Girl.

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